Release. Mr. Fred Thiessen, President of the AbbotsfordFirst Electoral Society today introduced four AbbotsfordFIRST council candidates for the November 15, 2014 municipal election. “The AbbotsfordFirst Electoral Society is pleased to introduce Ross Siemens, Kelly Chahal, Vince Dimanno and Brenda Falk. Each of them is passionate about our City and committed to working together to create a vibrant future for Abbotsford.”
“In 2006 our City was debt free and had a projected $4 million surplus. Today our debt is more than $100 million dollars, the financial outlook isn’t favourable and there are no plans in place to get us back on track. In recent years negative press has become commonplace in Abbotsford; and the City we were once proud to call home now has some of the highest property taxes and water rates in BC, citizens are moving to other communities, and businesses are closing. AbbotsfordFIRST believes that the citizens of Abbotsford deserve better,”said Thiessen.
He added, ” The City of abbotsford is a large organization with a $250 million annual budget. Councillors need skills and competencies to successfully govern the City. Criticizing from the sidelines won’t bring about the sweeping change our City deserves. Last fall a group of residents got together and decided to mobilize for change. Yoday I’m pleased to announce that we have formed an organization known as the AbbotsfordFIRST Electoral Society whose primary purpose is to have four to six councillors elected in the November 15, 2014 municipal election. We’re introducing four candidates today, and we’re also inviting other to join us.”
“AbbotsfordFIRST is a team of leaders working together to create positive change in Abbotsford. Passionate about Abbotsford, we are committed to doing what it takes to bring about a transformation in our City. We believe that the citizens of Abbotsford are ready for change, and, with our platform of leadership, accountability and respect our team will deliver results. With your help we can change the future of Abbotsford! Those interested in joining the team are encouraged to visit our website and to contact us for information.”
The AbbotsfordFIRST Society board includes Fred Thiessen (President), Jack Robertson (Vice-President), June Ross (Secretary), Eric Nyvall (Financial Agent) and Marty Snider (Membership Chair)
According to their website, “The AbbotsfordFIRST team is committed to transforming Abbotsford to a city that is a desired location for business and families alike; that is looked to as a model of good government; where an innovative, collaborative approach sets the stage for a vibrant economy; and where respect for our citizens and the environment is considered in all we do.”
Contact: Fred Thiessen, President – AbbotsfordFIRST Electoral Society